Rival Execs: Alex Bregman Is MLB's Top Big-Name Trade Candidate

In an MLB.com poll of executives around the sport, the Houston Astros' Alex Bregman was named as the most likely big star to be traded this summer. Bregman was named on 21% of the ballots.

The third baseman is wrapping up a five-year $100 million contract, and extension talks thus far have gotten nowhere, as no formal offer has yet to be made. 

Bregman will be 31 before opening day next season and this will likely be his final chance at a big money long-term deal. Considering that Scott Boras is his agent, he will not be settling for a hometown discount despite his history in Houston. 

He was a key member of two Astros World Series championships (in the stained 2017 'garbage can' season,  and again in 2022). 

The Astros continue to stumble along in the AL West, sitting in fourth place at 14–24, behind even the Oakland A's. If they don't turn it around in the next month or two and the team becomes sellers at the deadline, Bregman becomes one of the most obvious candidates to be moved. 

As noted by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, “If they’re out of the race, he could be a difference-maker for another contender.”

The two-time All-Star, however, is off to a brutal start to the season, with just one home run and 12 RBIs in 35 games while batting just .200 with a .540 OPS. He has a career mark of .272 with an .849 OPS over nine seasons in Houston.

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